Mindfully Responding to Challenging Behavior

Mindfully Responding to Challenging Behavior

Taking a Beat Mindfully Responding to Challenging Behavior When children have communication deficits, often you’ll see them engage in other behaviors to get their needs met.  These behaviors can be unsafe or not appropriate, and often referred to as “challenging behaviors” or “problem behaviors.” When thinking about how to respond to these challenging behaviors, we […]

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Kid-Friendly Relaxation Playlist

Kid-Friendly Relaxation Playlist

Kid-Friendly Relaxation Playlists The end of the school year is quickly approaching, which means lots of tests, final projects, and changes in routine and schedules. This time of year can cause high-stress levels, and it can be difficult to find effective ways of coping with this stress. Music is a wonderful tool for helping to […]

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Kids and Compliments

Kids and Compliments

Kids & Compliments Praise is a powerful tool! Effective praise improves a child’s self-confidence and willingness to try hard things before asking for help or giving up. When we compliment and encourage, we are actually modeling words for a child’s own future positive thinking and self-talk!   For a child, the most meaningful compliment is: Immediate, […]

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Spring Cleaning with Kids

Spring Cleaning with Kids

Spring Cleaning with Kids Looking to delegate some spring cleaning to your kids this year? Children of all ages can participate in household chores, but where should you start? Task analysis! What is Task Analysis? Task analysis is a teaching process that simplifies complex tasks (like chores) into smaller steps that are easier for children […]

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Articulation Activity: /th/

Articulation Activity: /th/

Find, Say, Color Articulation page: /th/ Happy spring! Celebrate the warm and beautiful spring weather with our free Find, Say, Color Articulation Page here. This is a fun way to supplement a student’s hard work in speech therapy at home. Many children experience difficulty producing the /th/ sound correctly. There are two distinct productions of this […]

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Teaching Rhyming Words

Teaching Rhyming Words

Teaching Rhyming Words: whole class strategies Have you ever seen a cat wearing a hat? Have you ever seen a bear on a chair? Have you ever seen a sheep in a Jeep? Understanding rhyming words is an important early literacy skill, and also one of the most fun! According to ResourcesforEarlyLearning.org, “recognizing rhyming words […]

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Behavior-Specific Praise

Behavior-Specific Praise

Going Past “Good Job” Praise is a simple, yet powerful tool. Behavior-Specific Praise is a form of reinforcement describing desired Behavior that is Specific to the child, through a positive Praise statement. So what is BSP? It is a positive praise statement describing a specific behavior. It’s a way to provide positive attention to appropriate […]

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Spring Counting Songs

Spring Counting Songs

Spring Counting Songs Spring is here, and what better way to celebrate than with songs about animals that we see in the spring? One of our music therapist’s favorite ways to work on basic math concepts is through counting songs! Many well-known children’s songs, such as “5 Green and Speckled Frogs,” incorporate numbers. When paired […]

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